TAMPA, USA -- Minister and author Odule Bitol was a potential presidential candidate in the Haitian elections, before pulling out of the race in June 2015. Bitol has remained quiet since that time, but now feels the need to speak out regarding the political crisis in his native country.
don't have the courage to keep silent at this intersection of crisis politico in which we find ourselves in our country," Bitol explained. "We do not know which direction to go."
Haiti was the first black republic in the world and the first independent Caribbean state, as well as the first country in the Western hemisphere to abolish slavery. Unfortunately, since then, Haiti has been very unstable and blood is still shedding.
"When it is not a divisiveness that is devastating the country, it is a fight with another," says Bitol. "When it is not a coup, it is manifestation or uprooting. When it is not a kidnapping – unfortunately, I went through this also in 2008 – it is a Haitian passing under the wire to go to the Dominican Republic or taking boats to seek a better life abroad. When it is not a government destabilizing, it is foreign people from another country doing whatever they want in the country. When it is not an earthquake, it is flooding, a hurricane or something else. And just when you think we are going to get a break, an epidemic comes in that's even worse. It seems there is always a problem coming our way, like journalists who are being killed for saying the truth or policemen who are also being killed for serving us.
"Whether it is the political, evangelical, or any other sector, all are imposing capitalist economics against the Haitian people, although we recognize there are some in these sectors who have good intentions."
Bitol compares Haiti to a vehicle with engine trouble. "The bus has problems every day and we request aid to help jumpstart the bus, but it doesn't go very far before breaking down again. Every day it's the same story. But what if no more aid was coming? Then what? The reality is that we never engage ourselves to find the fundamental problem causing the bus to repeatedly break down. The reason is because the problems are a good thing for a small group, and they take advantage of it to make fortunes off the people. But God Almighty, He will fix this problem one day because there have been a lot of prayers for Haiti.
"Ayiti, we have problems in all areas," declared Bitol. "Problems of unity, communication, education, health, gospel, and media affliction. Haitian people, my advice to you is to cry out to God Almighty and return the country back to Him. God bless Haiti, from generation to generation. My question is, 'What we are going to do with the nation?'"